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Water Droplets Appearing On Phrag Leaves

This is a discussion on Water Droplets Appearing On Phrag Leaves within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have found in my years of working with plants professionaly that it is best ...

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    I have found in my years of working with plants professionaly that it is best not to use oils of any kind when cleaning the leaves. Oil blocks the the surfaces from being able to transpire and also alows dust/dirt to adhere to the surface. The leaves look great initially but in time dust/dirt adheres creating a scummy coating and blocks the ability of those leaves to do their job. In some cases this could harm or even kill a plant. The best method for cleaning leaves is just wiping them off with water. Cleaning with water restores the leaves natural appearence. If you want/need a shiney appearence milk will do the trick and give you a more natural looking shine. While many plants look great after having their leaves polished it can look very unnatural. I would think if a plant is going to be entered for judging this would work against it because the shiney leaves are not normal for that particular plant. These are just my thoughts and suggestions. I know everyone has their own opinions on matters such as these and I am just sharing mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardenguysorchids View Post
    I have found in my years of working with plants professionaly that it is best not to use oils of any kind when cleaning the leaves. Oil blocks the the surfaces from being able to transpire and also alows dust/dirt to adhere to the surface. The leaves look great initially but in time dust/dirt adheres creating a scummy coating and blocks the ability of those leaves to do their job. In some cases this could harm or even kill a plant. The best method for cleaning leaves is just wiping them off with water. Cleaning with water restores the leaves natural appearence. If you want/need a shiney appearence milk will do the trick and give you a more natural looking shine. While many plants look great after having their leaves polished it can look very unnatural. I would think if a plant is going to be entered for judging this would work against it because the shiney leaves are not normal for that particular plant. These are just my thoughts and suggestions. I know everyone has their own opinions on matters such as these and I am just sharing mine.
    Hi Gardenguyorchids. I welcome your opinion and I believe that you are right although the leaves are not sticky or tacky. I buffed them to that shine thereby removing all traces of any oil. They are extremely smooth and slick. I do mist them occasionally and the drops just sit on the leaf. I will give milk a go next time. I think that the leaf was trying to say that it couldn't breathe or something so I won't be doing it again. Thanks for the milk tip. I only cleaned them because they were looking a little dirty what with water marks and dust, cobwebs and what not but I do like the way they look now. I hope it lasts!

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    I think i will try milk. Do you just use plain milk and wipe it on and let it dry? Or do you need to rinse it? Are there other methods to clean the leaves?
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    When I use milk I just wet a corner of a cloth with it and wipe the leaf. Usually I just use room temperature water and that removes the dust/dirt and leaves a natural look to the leaf. If using milk you would want to use regular milk that still has some of the fats/oils in it.

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